Pros None that I can think of!!! It generates $$ for Norton.
Cons Didn't work, Ver 9 completely failed. I'd give it "0" if I could.
Summary My Windows XP Pro completely crashed after a "simple set of nine critical updates" from Microsoft. XP's set of restore points failed. I could not boot even into safe mode. Thanks Microsoft. IE was corrupted and took down the OS. I had three Ghost V9 complete backups. Neither of the two Ghost backups on a second drive would restore my master drive. They would run for an hour or more and stop with an error code. The DVD backup on three disks would not restore my drive either. All three backups over a three month period failed. What a waste of time and money. I took the time to fully backup my drive. Norton Ghost V9 could not restore my system. What good is a backup image application if it doesn't work.
Pros easy interface
Cons doesn't work, wasted my time and my CD's
Pros Fast & easy to use when backing up to external HDD.
Cons A bit confusing at first; restore function is very odd (or broken, perhaps), too.
Summary Perhaps Ghost 9.0 should be passed-over until they fix some issues.
It seems to work quite fast, I must say; it certainly beats file copying (COPY and XCOPY), BUT I'm still VERY confused about a couple of things:
(1) If I just (a moment before) completed a back-up, how/why does running another incremental back-up immediately thereafter still find more to back-up??? Ghost is apparently finding SOMEthing, but I don't know what. Why don't I know? Read on ...
(2) Using Ghost's Backup Image Browser, even if I'm viewing one of my comparatively tiny incremental back-ups, Ghost shows me the ENTIRE drive as if it's looking "BEYOND" the incremental all the way back to the baseline back-up. Therefore, although I can see everything in my baseline back-up, it seems I cannot pick/choose other versions of a file that may have been captured in one of the incrementals.
(3) If you gracefully cancel an incremental back-up for whatever reason, your next back-up attempt cannot be an incremental. Because you cancelled the previous incremental, Ghost loses its place, so to speak. If you try to run an incremental, it runs a full baseline back-up instead.
Maybe there's a class that Symantec wants me to sign-up for, but it shouldn't be this confusing.
TonyNY77, a.k.a, "Confused when it comes to Ghost 9.0"Updated
I think I should change my rating to "2".
I cannot find an option to remove Ghost 9.0 from my system tray. It's not an option when right-clicking the Ghost icon in the system tray, and I see nothing in Ghost's option settings to control this, either. I see no reason for it to be running all the time.
I'm still trying to figure out how to select a particular version of a file from a back-up set, but it seems to be impossible.
Simon & Garfunkel may be looking for Joe DiMaggio, but I'm looking for Peter Norton to rescue Ghost from Symantec.
Sorry, Symantec, but if it's THIS hard to figure out how to use your software ... and the documentation doesn't help much, either ... then something is awry.
Pros Can do all backups from windows with no down time.
Cons CD sets created are not bootable, older versions did
Summary Over all I like the program, with the older versions of the Ghost the computer would require some down time, but with this version of Ghost you can do everything from the windows environment. (As far as backing up) This alone is a great improvement. Also the backup schedule works nice I think it is pretty flexible. Right now I do back-ups over the network to my server, once a week for a full back-up and some incremental back-ups on a daily basis. If you choose to do it this way test the back-up, at first I had problems getting to the back-up on the server using the recovery disk, it was basically a permission problem. But after that no problem!
I havent cloned a disk yet, but plan to upgrade my harddrive soon but dont anticipate a problem the older versions of Ghost always came through.
THE ONLY COMPLIANT I HAVE. Creating a drive image on a CD/DVD. It is great you can do it from the windows environment and it does work, “no question” but. To restore with a CD set you have to use Ghost CD to boot the computer and go from there and this CD does not come to life that fast! With the older versions of Ghost you took your disk set , dropped in the first CD and booted the computer. Yes the first CD of the set was bootable and very quick and was straight to the point and operated in a DOS environment. The 9.0 Ghost way of CD recovery has more to offer as far as user options but I wish they also included the older way of creating the CD set also. But that is really my only complaint, which is not that big a deal.
Pros Can't think of any
Cons Latest version renders product useless
Summary After having used System Works with few if any problems for years I did not suspect this product to be the reason for practically shutting down my machine. From running decently my computer became a pig. Extremely slow operation; high CPU utilization; no workable knowledge base help. All problems were traced to GHOST.